Judy and Frank Whitmore win £1 million in Christmas EuroMillions raffle

Judy and Frank Whitmore of Tockwith celebrate their £1million win in the EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle draw.

Judy and Frank Whitmore of Tockwith pop the bubbly to celebrate their £1million win in the EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle draw.

Judy and Frank Whitmore of Tockwith with the teapot in which they hid their winning ticket.

First published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , jennifer.bell@thepress.co.uk

Updated: YORK’S new millionaire lottery winners have spoken of their delight – and revealed they kept their winning ticket in a “sacred” antique teapot over Christmas until they could claim their prize.

Judy and Frank Whitmore, of Tockwith, won £1 million in the Christmas EuroMillions raffle last Friday, winning one of 25 top prizes.

The couple, who have been married for 43 years and have three children, yesterday told of their joy in a photocall at the Bridge Inn Hotel at Wetherby.

Mrs Whitmore, 62, said: “We are just country folk. We have lovely neighbours and have been inundated with calls and visits congratulating us on our win. It’s just absolutely amazing.”

Mr Whitmore, 68, said the win just meant “freedom inside your head.”

He said he stopped buying lottery tickets two years ago, thinking he could put the money to better use, but said his wife “had kept the faith.” Mrs Whitmore said she had bought a ticket last Thursday because she had seen publicity about how many winners there would be.

She forgot all about it until lunch-time on Christmas Eve.

She said: “I got the laptop out and saw I hadn’t won the lottery so checked through the raffle numbers.”

After seeing the winning number – and checking it six times – she and her husband rang their son to check. He said: “Yes, Mum, you have won it.” Her winning number was FYC 521328.

Mrs Whitmore said they “screamed for a bit” but rather than go out shopping, they went for a walk “with great big smiles on our faces and occasionally laughing”.

They kept the winning ticket over Christmas in an antique teapot, which had belonged to Mr Whitmore’s great great grandmother, and put it on top of a kitchen unit.

Mrs Whitmore, who is teetotal, posed for photographs with her husband, the teapot and a glass of Champagne for Mr Whitmore – though he usually prefers Tetleys bitter.

She said: “The teapot is a family heirloom. It’s sacred to us, our little teapot.”

The couple have three children, Andrew, 42 – who verified they had a winning ticket – Louise, 40, and Paul, 32, and four grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.

They said they had no plans to leave Tockwith, but would be taking an immediate holiday to clear their heads.

Both the keen walkers love the east coast and said they may venture to the north of Scotland, working their way slowly back to their home.

Mr Whitmore spent 40 years refurbishing kitchens, while his wife worked part-time in a cafeteria. Both are now retired.

“We were comfortable because my husband was sensible and had a good pension,” said Mrs Whitmore.

“We were not rich. We are normal, everyday people who like taking the dog for a walk and the countryside.”

Mr Whitmore said they intend to help members of the family as well as splashing out a bit on themselves. He plans to trade in his Vauxhall Meriva for a Toyota Rav4 and they may buy a seaside caravan.

The winning ticket was bought in Tockwith Post Office.

Staff member Christine Jenkins, who used to work with Mrs Whitmore at a nursing home in nearby Long Marston, spoke of her joy for the pair. “It couldn’t have happened to a nicer couple,” she said.

“They are both so nice and caring. Everyone is happy for them.”

Fellow villager Sue Dunn, who has known Mr Whitmore all his life, said: “I am delighted for them. It is so nice to hear something so positive in the news. I am really pleased for them both.”

Toni Akeroyd, a worker at the Spotted Ox pub, said she grew up with Paul, one of the couple’s sons. She said: “I have known the family for all my life and they are lovely.

“They are just nice people – it is great news.”

Camelot said there were still five unclaimed £1 million EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle winners from the December 23 draw.

York Press: The Press - Comment

How fortunate

AS Christmas presents go, winning the lottery has to be as good as it gets. And for Judy and Frank Whitmore it will be a very Happy New Year, as a cheque for £1 million wings its way into their bank account.

We are delighted for them. Judy says they are just normal, everyday folk who, when they heard the news, went for a walk rather than splashing out their new-found riches in the Boxing Day sales.

It’s great to hear that such a well-loved couple have been rewarded with a slice of good fortune.

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11:13am Thu 29 Dec 11

Woody Mellor says...

Now that is a Happy New Year! By the way, where about's in York is Tockwith?
Now that is a Happy New Year! By the way, where about's in York is Tockwith? Woody Mellor
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11:16am Thu 29 Dec 11

inthesticks says...

Nice people, i`m very happy for them.
Nice people, i`m very happy for them. inthesticks
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11:19am Thu 29 Dec 11

redfrgle says...

dont know them (unfortunately lol ) but well done nice to have some happy news in the papers for a change
dont know them (unfortunately lol ) but well done nice to have some happy news in the papers for a change redfrgle
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11:22am Thu 29 Dec 11

matroom says...

Well done, thats one hell of a happy new year !!!
Well done, thats one hell of a happy new year !!! matroom
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11:53am Thu 29 Dec 11

openallhours says...

Woody Mellor wrote:
Now that is a Happy New Year! By the way, where about's in York is Tockwith?
Near Wetherby!
[quote][p][bold]Woody Mellor[/bold] wrote: Now that is a Happy New Year! By the way, where about's in York is Tockwith?[/p][/quote]Near Wetherby! openallhours
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11:54am Thu 29 Dec 11

chillout says...

Good luck to you both - not that you need it !! Personally i would buy a Yearling from America and put him with John Gosden in Newmarket : )
Good luck to you both - not that you need it !! Personally i would buy a Yearling from America and put him with John Gosden in Newmarket : ) chillout
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12:02pm Thu 29 Dec 11

akuma says...

Some good news at last!

Although I must confess, had I won I would not go public, a couple that lived a few doors down from my parents scooped 4.3 Million a good few years back and went public.

Each day after they had lines of people queing at there door begging and they had entire sacks of begging mail each day.

It got so bad they moved away, even though they didn't orginally intend to.
Some good news at last! Although I must confess, had I won I would not go public, a couple that lived a few doors down from my parents scooped 4.3 Million a good few years back and went public. Each day after they had lines of people queing at there door begging and they had entire sacks of begging mail each day. It got so bad they moved away, even though they didn't orginally intend to. akuma
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12:16pm Thu 29 Dec 11

twigger says...

Woody Mellor wrote:
Now that is a Happy New Year! By the way, where about's in York is Tockwith?
Obviously a southerner. Typical !!
[quote][p][bold]Woody Mellor[/bold] wrote: Now that is a Happy New Year! By the way, where about's in York is Tockwith?[/p][/quote]Obviously a southerner. Typical !! twigger
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12:20pm Thu 29 Dec 11

Markiet says...

Tockwith is in York YO26, although being near wetherby and in the Harrogate phone code!
Tockwith is in York YO26, although being near wetherby and in the Harrogate phone code! Markiet
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1:25pm Thu 29 Dec 11

ls2sb says...

Tockwith is located just outside the ring road, a couple of miles past Poppleton.
Tockwith is located just outside the ring road, a couple of miles past Poppleton. ls2sb
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1:32pm Thu 29 Dec 11

smudge1 says...

Were do we send the begging letters to please !!!!!
Were do we send the begging letters to please !!!!! smudge1
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1:40pm Thu 29 Dec 11

smudge1 says...

Dear dad you may not have heard of me but my mother assures me that you are my biological father. I would like to come and see you but that might be a little bit embarrasing for you so to save all that hassle just send me the child support money after all you havent paid any in the last 20 years, approx £50.000 should do it I would say, thanks dad. your ever loving son Jim.
Dear dad you may not have heard of me but my mother assures me that you are my biological father. I would like to come and see you but that might be a little bit embarrasing for you so to save all that hassle just send me the child support money after all you havent paid any in the last 20 years, approx £50.000 should do it I would say, thanks dad. your ever loving son Jim. smudge1
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1:40pm Thu 29 Dec 11

AnotherPointofView says...

twigger wrote:
Woody Mellor wrote: Now that is a Happy New Year! By the way, where about's in York is Tockwith?
Obviously a southerner. Typical !!
I think Woody was being sarcastic. Tockwith isn't within the ring road, like Huntington, Acomb or Heworth are for instance.

Very happy for the couple but do expect they will suddenly have lots of new friends...
[quote][p][bold]twigger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woody Mellor[/bold] wrote: Now that is a Happy New Year! By the way, where about's in York is Tockwith?[/p][/quote]Obviously a southerner. Typical !![/p][/quote]I think Woody was being sarcastic. Tockwith isn't within the ring road, like Huntington, Acomb or Heworth are for instance. Very happy for the couple but do expect they will suddenly have lots of new friends... AnotherPointofView
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1:46pm Thu 29 Dec 11

openallhours says...

ls2sb wrote:
Tockwith is located just outside the ring road, a couple of miles past Poppleton.
9 miles from York, but only 5 miles from Wetherby!
[quote][p][bold]ls2sb[/bold] wrote: Tockwith is located just outside the ring road, a couple of miles past Poppleton.[/p][/quote]9 miles from York, but only 5 miles from Wetherby! openallhours
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3:21pm Thu 29 Dec 11

NoMorePlease says...

smudge1 wrote:
Dear dad you may not have heard of me but my mother assures me that you are my biological father. I would like to come and see you but that might be a little bit embarrasing for you so to save all that hassle just send me the child support money after all you havent paid any in the last 20 years, approx £50.000 should do it I would say, thanks dad. your ever loving son Jim.
hello brother. You won't know me but......
[quote][p][bold]smudge1[/bold] wrote: Dear dad you may not have heard of me but my mother assures me that you are my biological father. I would like to come and see you but that might be a little bit embarrasing for you so to save all that hassle just send me the child support money after all you havent paid any in the last 20 years, approx £50.000 should do it I would say, thanks dad. your ever loving son Jim.[/p][/quote]hello brother. You won't know me but...... NoMorePlease
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3:27pm Thu 29 Dec 11

TheonlywayisCity says...

Lend me a tenner.....
Lend me a tenner..... TheonlywayisCity
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3:55pm Thu 29 Dec 11

uhtred says...

buy a bruising centre half for City to make Duffy happy (for a change)!
buy a bruising centre half for City to make Duffy happy (for a change)! uhtred
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4:18pm Thu 29 Dec 11

Pedro says...

They are not millionaires because they only have one million between them. They are both half millionaires. Will it make them happy? I hope so. Not silly money in today's world, but enough to take some worry away.
They are not millionaires because they only have one million between them. They are both half millionaires. Will it make them happy? I hope so. Not silly money in today's world, but enough to take some worry away. Pedro
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5:15pm Thu 29 Dec 11

NoNewsIsGoodNews says...

Wouldn't mind a bit of luck like that myself.
But looking at house prices in York it would take £250.000 to buy a modest house fit for a lottery winner then after 10 or so years of Council tax payments and general bills it would all be gone.

I would still like to win it though.

Good luck to you both.
Wouldn't mind a bit of luck like that myself. But looking at house prices in York it would take £250.000 to buy a modest house fit for a lottery winner then after 10 or so years of Council tax payments and general bills it would all be gone. I would still like to win it though. Good luck to you both. NoNewsIsGoodNews
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7:43pm Thu 29 Dec 11

Garrowby Turnoff says...

"A £million is too much, and £10million is not enough" - Albert Einstein's sister
"A £million is too much, and £10million is not enough" - Albert Einstein's sister Garrowby Turnoff
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7:43pm Thu 29 Dec 11

tommyinyork says...

They are off to south of england after winning a million quid.

Seriously get yourself abroad otherwise you might as well donate the whole lot.
They are off to south of england after winning a million quid. Seriously get yourself abroad otherwise you might as well donate the whole lot. tommyinyork
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9:10pm Thu 29 Dec 11

micky moodys hat says...

What a bunch if miseable jealous folk there is in here
What a bunch if miseable jealous folk there is in here micky moodys hat
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9:20pm Thu 29 Dec 11

oslo says...

Good luck to them, whatever they choose to do with the money.

Tockwith is NOT a York village though, despite the postcode. It is in the Harrogate Borough Council district of North Yorkshire. People who I used to work with who lived in Tockwith saw Wetherby (actually in West Yorkshire) as their local town.
Good luck to them, whatever they choose to do with the money. Tockwith is NOT a York village though, despite the postcode. It is in the Harrogate Borough Council district of North Yorkshire. People who I used to work with who lived in Tockwith saw Wetherby (actually in West Yorkshire) as their local town. oslo
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10:20pm Thu 29 Dec 11

the butler says...

Congratulations, Perhaps a sea voyage would do you both a world of good while you are both mobile! Keep healthy, Buy a home gym....
Congratulations, Perhaps a sea voyage would do you both a world of good while you are both mobile! Keep healthy, Buy a home gym.... the butler
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1:56am Fri 30 Dec 11

James Street Bare Knuckle Gypsy Fighter says...

They probably don't need it and it will no doubt sit in a bank account. 1,000,000 isnt that much anymore anyway. The word millionaire doesn't have the same ring to it as it did 20 years ago
They probably don't need it and it will no doubt sit in a bank account. 1,000,000 isnt that much anymore anyway. The word millionaire doesn't have the same ring to it as it did 20 years ago James Street Bare Knuckle Gypsy Fighter
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9:32am Fri 30 Dec 11

malwood9 says...

Best of luck Frank, hope this doesn't mean an end to the practical jokes.
Best of luck Frank, hope this doesn't mean an end to the practical jokes. malwood9
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9:37am Fri 30 Dec 11

akuma says...

James Street Bare Knuckle Gypsy Fighter wrote:
They probably don't need it and it will no doubt sit in a bank account. 1,000,000 isnt that much anymore anyway. The word millionaire doesn't have the same ring to it as it did 20 years ago
A million may not be enough to retire and live a life of extreme luxury as it did in the past.

That said, for most of us it would pay off a mortgage, any debt, allow you to do your existing house up to a really nice standard with all the best stuff, buy you a luxury car, and have a top notch holiday every year for the rest of your life without worrying about money or desprately trying to getting that promotion just to get by.
[quote][p][bold]James Street Bare Knuckle Gypsy Fighter[/bold] wrote: They probably don't need it and it will no doubt sit in a bank account. 1,000,000 isnt that much anymore anyway. The word millionaire doesn't have the same ring to it as it did 20 years ago[/p][/quote]A million may not be enough to retire and live a life of extreme luxury as it did in the past. That said, for most of us it would pay off a mortgage, any debt, allow you to do your existing house up to a really nice standard with all the best stuff, buy you a luxury car, and have a top notch holiday every year for the rest of your life without worrying about money or desprately trying to getting that promotion just to get by. akuma
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9:58am Fri 30 Dec 11

Woody Mellor says...

OK Press.You've milked this one to death. Take it off the front page now please. We are jealous.
OK Press.You've milked this one to death. Take it off the front page now please. We are jealous. Woody Mellor
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11:41am Fri 30 Dec 11

again says...

"million may not be enough to retire and live a life of extreme luxury as it did in the past. "

I'd give it a darned good try!

Gissa a million.. Perleeeaaase!

(malwood9: best comment!)
"million may not be enough to retire and live a life of extreme luxury as it did in the past. " I'd give it a darned good try! Gissa a million.. Perleeeaaase! (malwood9: best comment!) again
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12:31pm Fri 30 Dec 11

CHISSY1 says...

micky moodys hat wrote:
What a bunch if miseable jealous folk there is in here
You are spot on there,good luck to them.
[quote][p][bold]micky moodys hat[/bold] wrote: What a bunch if miseable jealous folk there is in here[/p][/quote]You are spot on there,good luck to them. CHISSY1
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4:29pm Fri 30 Dec 11

ReginaldBiscuit says...

I find Judy EXTREMELY attractive. ;)
I find Judy EXTREMELY attractive. ;) ReginaldBiscuit
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5:12am Mon 2 Jan 12

Caliyorkia says...

I love the fact that this story is reported by...

By Jennifer Bell
Crime reporter

... are you trying to tell us something?
I love the fact that this story is reported by... By Jennifer Bell Crime reporter ... are you trying to tell us something? Caliyorkia
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10:26am Thu 5 Jan 12

imk says...

its only money
its only money imk
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